Kiersten Allander Professor Farmer English 101 October 21st


Kiersten Allander
Professor Farmer
English 101
October 21st, 2018
Cats Vs. Dogs
When deciding on adding a new addition to the household, many people ask themselves if they are a cat or dog person. Both cats and dogs are very common household pets, but they both differ in several ways. Deciding on a pet can be a difficult decision. It is important for anyone to take into consideration both characteristics of a cat and dog before adopting one.
Some people may adopt a dog because they seek companionship while others may look for the laid-back nature of a cat. Either way, when deciding which animal is right for one’s lifestyle, an individual must consider his/her home situation. Being an owner of an animal can be very time consuming. Time is very limited for most people. For someone who is never home, it is best to not adopt a dog. Dogs require a lot of love and attention. Dogs need to be played with and given walks daily to keep the dog happy and healthy. A cat would be a better choice for someone who has a busier lifestyle because cats are not as demanding. Cats tend to fend for themselves and can even be left outside for hours on end. In the article, “The Battle of Cats and Dogs,” states that many domesticated cats still have their behavioral instincts for hunting and cleaning(Thompson). They can fetch their own food. Dogs, on the other hand, must be kept on a leash at all times and usually need to be watched.
Whether adopting a cat or a dog, a person must understand that both will require money. Both animals must have food to eat a couple times a day. For dogs, the quantity for each meal may vary depending on how big or small the dog. In addition, both cats and dogs need a regular check-up at the vets and need yearly shots in order to stay healthy. Along with food, toys, and vet bills, cats also need a litter box and litter to go to the bathroom. Also, both animals may get sick and need to go to the vets for medicine. Both cost money to feed and support, but each may cost differently depending on the animal.
Cats and dogs both require a certain amount of attention from their owners. Dogs enjoy being part of the owner’s life by going for walks, runs, and even car rides. They also love playing with their owners by a game of fetch or tug of war. Dogs hate being left alone at home. They instantly get excited as soon as their owner walks through the door. Dogs tend to be very social and energetic animals. Cats do not require much attention from their owners and tend to be more independent. In the article, “Cats Vs. Dogs,” it states that the average household cat spends about 80 percent of the day sleeping and relaxing(O’Neill). However, they do enjoy love and attention from owners but only to some extent. Cats do not mind an owner with a busier schedule and enjoy having alone time. Both animals need attention from owners, but cats and dogs differ on the amount of attention needed.

Training a cat or dog can be quite different. In the article, “The Differences between Cats and Dogs,” the author states that dogs are pack members and work best in groups (Munkevics). Therefore, they view their owner as a master and the leader of the pack. Dogs look to an owner for direction. On the other hand, cats are independent and tend to express their opinion (Munkevics). Cats are not as obedient as dogs, so they may be more challenging to train. An owner must make all training sessions with a cat short and consistent. Although an owner may need to approach the training session differently, both cats and dogs love to receive treats to praise them for their hard work.
In conclusion, there are various similarities and differences between owning a dog or cat. Before adopting, the owner must decide if he or she wants to care for a dog or a cat. Each animal requires a different level of cost, time, and attention which can be deciding factors on whether to get a dog or cat. Both animals make great pets, but one might be a better option, depending on the owner’s lifestyle and personality.
Works Cited
O’Neill, Justin. (2018). Cats Vs. Dogs. Scholastic Inc. Retrieved from
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756993
Munkevics, Maris. (2018). Why Cat Training is Harder than Dogs? Pet-Happy. Retrieved from https://www.pet-happy.com/why-cat-training-is-harder-than-dog-training/
Thompson, Kalee. (2012). Battle of Cats and Dogs. AMG/Parade. Retrieved from
https://parade.com/118414/kaleethompson/31-battle-of-cats-vs-dogs/